The Botanical Gardens of Palermo

Palermo has a 200-year-old botanical garden with a vast and stunning plant collection and a crazily cheap entrance fee. Obviously there are different flowers to see each month: this is the garden in August.

These photos are all by my super-talented sister Susanna. Click on any photo to see a high resolution enlargement.

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34 thoughts on “The Botanical Gardens of Palermo

  1. Really beautiful fotos cathing the atmosphere of the garden! In this botanic garden of Palermo Goethe once walked up and down and thought about the problem of the “Urpflanze”, i.e. ~ root plant, which is the basis for all other plants, in the sense of a metamorphosis as mechanism of development of all plants. He thought that the basic entity of a plant is the leave. Nice try Goethe! If we think of cells with chlorophyll (=most primitive form of a leave) and their DNA as basic entity, the idea of a metamorphosis as mechanism of development of all kind of plants is not so wrong …
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Italian_Journey
    (Hey, again, you have not read this book? You should! And don’t forget the other of my reading tips, such as Mary Taylor Simeti: On Persephone’s island)

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  2. Thank you for sharing these amazing photographs! I was privileged to visit the Palermo Botanical Gardens in 2011 with my family. We were awestruck by the beauty, majesty, and AGE of many of the trees in the gardens. We bought some provisions from the nearby Belaro Street Market and had a picnic lunch on the grounds–molto bene!

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    1. A banana orchard sounds highly impressive. Do you have any photos?
      They only grow as one-off novelty plants in Sicily, because summer doesn’t quite last long enough to ripen the fruits – unless you wrap them in black bin liners, which looks horrible!

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  3. I attempted to visit the gardens in 2013 but they were closed. It was mezzogiorno on a Friday in May. I took a peak through the fence…lovely. I got lucky and spent time on a late Saturday afternoon at the glorious Giardini Inglesi!

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    1. That’s such a disappointment and I’m so sorry you missed the gardens!
      May has several national holidays in Italy so I would guess that’s why you found them closed. The gardens are usually open every morning and one of the few places in Sicily which are pretty reliable about programmed opening hours!
      The Giardino Inglese was a good second choice though! And I hope my sister’s photos gave you a good “virtual tour” of the botanical gardens!

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  4. Loved the photos, Edie Isley as it is still all wintry where I live. Re your nominations: – is it possible, and are we allowed, to vote for you more than once per category? I have already voted once in each.

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    1. No, it’s not that good!!! They were taken in the summer. I should have mentioned that, actually, as all the flowers to see change each month. These are August flowers.
      December is another fantastic month to visit as there are lots of tress which produce huge, spectacular flowers in almost every colour before the spring leaves sprout – not just magnolias, but other exotic species as well.

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  5. Those flowers up top ALWAYS amaze me because they ALWAYS look like they’re made out of porcelain. Ugh, I looooove botanical gardens. Cannot wait till Moscow’s spring back to life in a few months.

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